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DID THE REPUBLICAN PARTY PURPOSELY ALLOW AN INELIGIBLE CANDIDATE TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2008?
by John F. Sweeney
(May 2, 2010) — In discussions concerning the constitutional eligibility of Barrack Hussein Obama II for the office of President of the United States, many point out that if there were a real issue, the Republicans would have leveraged it in 2008 to retain control of the White House. But it was well-documented at the time, and additional documentation and analysis have established, that John McCain’s eligibility was in question as well. With that being the case, why would the Republicans nominate a candidate who might not be constitutionally eligible to serve in the office?
The answer may be a simple one – the 2008 race was going to the Democrats and the Republicans did not want a leading candidate for 2012 to lose or be roughed up during the campaign. So the solution – let the man who needed to win in 2008, if he was ever going to be president, run – even if he might not be constitutionally eligible. Was this a grand conspiracy by the Republican Party? No, it was just simple pragmatic political strategy.
The Republicans had few things going for them in 2007 and 2008. They had lost the Congress in the 2006 elections, and they had a president who was losing popularity as an unpopular war dragged on. Even if things had been going relatively well, history was against a third straight term in the White House. Since 1953, only once had the White House been occupied by a party more than eight consecutive years, and that was when George H. Bush rode Ronald Reagan’s popularity to take the 1988 election. Clearly, 2008 was not like 1988, and it was unlikely the Republicans were going to keep the White House. They knew it, and they knew it early.
So when John McCain showed some strength in the primaries, the other front-runners backed off. They knew the odds of winning in 2008 were long. So they avoided going into the 2008 Presidential buzz saw. John McCain had no choice but to make a final and gallant run for the office. The year 2008 was his last stand as a presidential candidate. He was 71 years old. No president has ever been elected for his first term after his 70th birthday. Stories and articles were popping up about McCain’s age in 2008, and polls showed it was a negative factor. If it was a negative issue at age 71 in 2008, it will be a killer issue in 2012 when John McCain will be 75 years old.
So for the Republican Party, the setup in the presidential race looked straightforward in 2008. There was almost no chance to win, no matter who the nominee was. So they nominated the only guy who cannot run in future races: John McCain.
Was the Republican Party aware of John McCain’s potential eligibility issue? Of course it was. The issue was written about by major news organizations – The New York Times, The Washington Post. They wrote about it in 1998. They again wrote about it in 2008. In February of 2008 the Panama issue was written about by these and other major news outlets. And unlike the mocking and sarcastic tone used when writing about Obama’s eligibility issues, these articles are written in serious journalistic fashion and raise the possibility of a constitutional crisis should McCain be elected.
But then the issue disappeared from view after the passing of the Democrat-led Senate Resolution 511 that declared John McCain a “natural born Citizen.” The non-binding resolution had no legal value, but it sent a message to the news outlets that the Democrats were not planning to make this an issue – at least during the regular election cycle.
With the non-binding resolution for cover, the Republicans could now send out their nomination letters to the states declaring John McCain a natural born Citizen. They probably knew that they might have been committing fraud. But they knew that McCain was likely just a sacrificial lamb. And they knew that after 2008, no one would care about the details of a little-known constitutional clause about a special type of citizenship.
Or would they? If Hillary Rodham Clinton had won the nomination for the Democrat Party, then everything would have fallen into place as projected by the Republicans, and the damage from the fraud committed by Republicans in the 2008 election would likely have been forgotten. After all, Mrs. Clinton was, without a doubt, a constitutionally eligible natural born Citizen, and thus the issue of natural born Citizenship eligibility would have died. But when she lost the Democratic nomination to a candidate who also had eligibility issues, the natural born Citizen eligibility issue then lived on. And it is now at least a severe annoyance to the leaders in the Republican Party. At worst, it could expose wanton fraud on the part of the Republican Party in the 2008 election. This was not expected.
This scenario is why the sitting Republicans in Congress have not approached the issue of Obama’s eligibility. People in glass houses tend to avoid throwing rocks. The Republicans and Democrats who were in office in 2008 now live in a dangerous glass house created by the 2008 election. And it is all one house. If the rock-throwing of eligibility concerns starts, then the glass will cut not just Democrats but also the Republicans. And it is possible that somewhat of a “mutually-assured destruction” (MAD) pact is in place on the issue. This is why the issue is avoided and deflected by the Republicans. It is why the American people can no longer trust their representatives – Democrat or Republican — in Washington.
The following is a partial transcript from the Republican debate in 2007. Interesting statements, including the one from McCain himself.
MR. MATTHEWS: Okay. Let me ask you a question regarding immigration. One of prized guests here today, Governor Schwarzenegger. Looking this man in the eye, answer this question. I’m going to go down the line starting with Governor Romney.
Should we change our Constitution which we believe is divinely inspired – (laughter) – to allow men like Mel Martinez, the chairman of your party, born in Cuba, great patriot, senator from Florida , and Arnold Schwarzenegger to stand here some night?
SEN. MCCAIN: That depends on whether he endorses me or not. (Laughter.) He and I have many similar attributes, so I have to seriously consider it.
Other reference articles on McCain’s eligibility: